The Works of Jacques Villon

Jacques Villon Lithographic Art Posters

In 1893 Villon created a lithograph, "Deux Enfants Avec un Drapeau" (two children with a flag) which are his brother, Marcel Duchamp and his sister, Suzanne Duchamp. In 1895. Gaston Duchamp adopted the name, Jacques Villon.

For almost ten years, Jacques Villon worked in graphic media, continuing his work doing illustrations and also making color posters and prints. He created the posters, "Guinguette Fleurie," "L’Anti-Belier," "Aperitif Opera" and the most famous and rarest poster,
"Le Grillon, American Bar". He created illustrations for numerous magazines,
Le Chat Noir, Au Quartier Latin, Le Cri de Paris, Le Rire, Le Gil-Blas, Le Cocorico,
Le Sourire, Le Frou-Frou, L’Etudiant, L’Assiette au Beurre, and Le Courrier Francais.
Villon’s participation in Le Courrier Francais was the most important of his work as an illustrator. Le Courrier Francais was a weekly journal that was released in Paris over the period from 1880 to 1910 to cafes and theaters. It showed publicity for products such as
Le Dubonnet, Le Pippermint Get, Champagne Mumm and Pastilles Geraudel. Villon worked along with Lautrec, Willette, Forain, Cheret and Hermann Paul.

Jacques Villon Aquatint Series

In 1922 Villon was commissioned by the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune to produce a
series of color aquatints after 38 major 19th and 20th century paintings. These included
Works Matisse, Renoir, Manet, Picasso, Cezanne, Dufy, Modigliani, Bonnard and numerous others. Villon collaborated with these master artists and signed these prints so that they provided the public with access to works which otherwise would not be available.

Villon & The Salon d'Automne

In 1904 Villon exhibited at the Salon d’Automne; he painted and created prints of the finest Belle Epoque portraits and genre scenes of the early 20th century. In 1906 Villon and his brother, Raymond Duchamp Villon began meeting with the Puteaux Group, which included brother Marcel Duchamp, Kupka, Picabia, Gleizes, Leger and other artists. It was also at this time that Villon founded the Section D’Or.

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